In response to nationwide changes to the requirements for accreditation of Athletic Training education, all programs are transitioning from a bachelor’s degree program in Athletic Training to a master’s degree program in athletic training. As a result and effective as of 2019-2020 Academic Year, the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program at San Diego State University (SDSU) is no longer accepting applications.
The proposed SDSU Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) degree program is planning to start taking applications in Spring 2022 for a Summer 2022 start date. Students interested in this MSAT degree program are eligible to declare or transfer in as an undergraduate Kinesiology major with a Fitness Specialist emphasis in order to satisfy the pre-requisites for the proposed MSAT degree program.
More information about the accreditation of Athletic Training education, and the professional degree change, can be found on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) website.
For specific information, or questions, regarding the professional degree change at San Diego State University, please contact Denise Lebsack, firstname.lastname@example.org, Athletic Training Program Director.
The Athletic Training major is a CAATE accredited undergraduate major. The program leads students to a career in athletic training and eligibility to sit for the Board of Certification athletic training examination.
Certified athletic trainers are responsible for the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of athletic and physically active injuries. They work in such diverse areas as high schools, community colleges, universities, sports medicine clinics, corporate/industrial settings, and professional athletics.
The Athletic Training program is comprised of two components of study, a pre-professional program and a professional program.
The professional program requires application to the program and includes a clinical education component. The clinical education component is an intensive, hands-on service learning program that provides students with the opportunity to apply psychomotor skills in a real athletic environment under the direct supervision of a certified Athletic Trainer. Students are given the opportunity to practice what they learn in a variety of clinical education settings included, but not limited to:
- Department of Athletics at San Diego State University
- University of California, San Diego
- University of San Diego
- Grossmont Community College
- San Diego Mesa Community College
- Cuyamaca Community College
- San Diego City College
- Southwestern Community College
- Rancho Bernardo High School
- Cathedral Catholic High School